“We want to see people taking responsibility of their communities through self help project to address their challenges because the Government cannot do it all, so we commend the Babadorie residents for taking the initiative to reconstruct a community bridge is laudable” the Minister of Local Government and Community Development Hon. Dauda Kamara told residents of Babadorie.
He was speaking during the official commissioning of a bridge project undertaking by the Babadorie residents in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Roads Authority over the weekend.
The minister further spoke about the significance of local government which means communities must be able to help the Government to address their needs by participating or contributing morally and financially for the smooth implementation of development projects.
He expressed thanks and appreciation to the Babadorie Community for their initiative and creativity to make the bridge reconstruction a success and encouraged other communities to emulate the good example of the Babadorie community to embark on self help project at community level.
The Project Engineer Dan Lewis commended the Babadorie residents for their commitment and support to the completion of the project, noting that the youths were very instrumental during the project work. He also expressed gratitude to the SLRA for their technical expertise to the project.
Dan Lewis assured residents that “this bridge will serve for generations because it is reconstructed as box culvert which is more expensive, but with quality and durability”. The bridge is now motorable for both heavy and light weight vehicles including motorist and pedestrians.
Hon. Salaymatu Turay of the Constituency said the community contributed (Le7m) seven million Leones and SLRA (Le13m) Thirteen Million Leones for all the logistics and equipment used on the project and encouraged the community to monitor the bridge and adopt a good culture of maintenance.
Chairman of the Babadorie Residents Association Alhaji Swarray Deen said the Association is community based and that they are willing to undertake more developmental projects that will transform the lives of residents. He added that other projects have already been identified and modalities are being worked out for implementation of the project. Cutting of tape and a conducted tour of the bridge formed the high point of the commissioning ceremony